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The Latest: UK acquires apartments for fire's displaced

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/21/2017
General view of apartments in the Kensington Row development, in Kensington, west London Wednesday June 21, 2017. British officials said that the government has acquired newly built apartments that can be used to house some of the residents displaced by the horrific fire last week at Grenfell Tower. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said Wednesday that the 68 apartments are “all newly built social housing” located in the Kensington Row development in the Kensington and Chelsea borough where the fire occurred. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) © The Associated Press General view of apartments in the Kensington Row development, in Kensington, west London Wednesday June 21, 2017. British officials said that the government has acquired newly built apartments that can be used to house some of the residents displaced by the horrific fire last week at Grenfell Tower. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said Wednesday that the 68 apartments are “all newly built social housing” located in the Kensington Row development in the Kensington and Chelsea borough where the fire occurred. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the fire at a London public housing tower that killed at least 79 people (all times local):

Demonstrators hold a banner demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly fire at Grenfell Tower apartment block as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press Demonstrators hold a banner demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly fire at Grenfell Tower apartment block as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham)

4:00 p.m.

A protester holds a sign demanding justice for the victims of the deadly fire at Grenfell Tower apartment block as people gather in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. Activists are planning a mass "Day of Rage" demonstration during the state opening of parliament Wednesday, to draw attention to various issues. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press A protester holds a sign demanding justice for the victims of the deadly fire at Grenfell Tower apartment block as people gather in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. Activists are planning a mass "Day of Rage" demonstration during the state opening of parliament Wednesday, to draw attention to various issues. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham)

British officials say the government has acquired newly built apartments that can be used to house some of the residents displaced by the horrific fire last week at Grenfell Tower.

A demonstrator holds a picture of British Prime Minister Theresa May as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. A mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday, drawing attention to various issues including demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly Grenfell Tower apartment block fire. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press A demonstrator holds a picture of British Prime Minister Theresa May as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. A mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday, drawing attention to various issues including demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly Grenfell Tower apartment block fire. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham)

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said Wednesday that the 68 apartments located in the upscale Kensington Row development are "all newly built social housing."

Demonstrators hold a banner demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly apartment block fire at Grenfell Tower, as they protest near parliament in London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass 'Day of Rage' demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Demonstrators hold a banner demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly apartment block fire at Grenfell Tower, as they protest near parliament in London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass 'Day of Rage' demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The blaze killed at least 79 people and displaced many more. The government is scrambling to find housing in the Kensington and Chelsea borough where the fire occurred.

Demonstrators hold a banner demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly apartment block fire at Grenfell Tower, as they protest near parliament in London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass 'Day of Rage' demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press Demonstrators hold a banner demanding justice for the victims of the recent deadly apartment block fire at Grenfell Tower, as they protest near parliament in London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass 'Day of Rage' demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The government says "the expectation" is that the 68 apartments will be used as permanent residences for some Grenfell Tower residents.

A demonstrator confronts a police officer as they demand justice for the victims of the recent deadly apartment block fire at Grenfell Tower, as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press A demonstrator confronts a police officer as they demand justice for the victims of the recent deadly apartment block fire at Grenfell Tower, as they march towards parliament in central London Wednesday June 21, 2017. The mass "Day of Rage" demonstration is timed to coincide with the state opening of parliament Wednesday. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham)

Officials say every family from the tower will be re-housed in the local area, which includes some of the most expensive housing in London.

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9:50 a.m.

A charity single produced by Simon Cowell is being released to help victims of the devastating fire that killed at least 79 people in west London.

Some 50 artists are included on the recording of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The singers included Rita Ora, Robbie Williams, Liam Payne and Jessie J.

Grime star Stormzy opens the single, rapping: "I don't know where to begin so I'll start by saying I refuse to forget you/I refuse to be silenced/I refuse to neglect you/That's for every last soul up in Grenfell/Even though I've never even met you."

The single released Wednesday marked a week since the blaze, which ripped through the apartment building in the early hours of June 14, when many of the residents were home asleep.

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